Pattaya Daily News

24 July 2008 :: 13:07:44 pm 10900

UK Cracks Down On Paedophiles At Home And Abroad

Paedophiles beware! Especially if you‘re a Brit because the UK is about to institute a new law to allow those who have under-age sex to be prosecuted, irrespective of the age of consent in the country where the offence is committed. This article has been adapted from one recently published on the subject in Pattaya Today Newspaper.
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In the UK, the age of consent is 16, but this is by no means standardized across Europe or Asia, for example. In Spain, Italy and several Baltic countries, the age of consent is from 13-15; Thailand has 15 as the legal age, but there are others as well and further complications regarding whether or not one pays, or uses financial inducements.

The UK initiative is to bring it into line with the EU. And the penalties are stiff! Sex with a minor under 13 may mean life, for example, whereas under 16, incurs a 14 year jail term. Child pornography, likewise, incurs relatively harsh penalties and the age has now been increased to no-one under 18, rather than 16, at present. The British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, has insisted that convicted offenders will have to give the police their email addresses to be broadcasted throughout social networking websites and subsequently blacklisted. Visiting the listed sites or attempts at evasion, like using a new, unregistered email addresses, could incur a 5 year sentence. Pattaya Today reported that Ms Smith declared “We now have some of the strictest controls in the world on sex offenders.”

Thailand welcomed the new UK initiative to protect children against sexual exploitation. PDN has repeatedly had to report on cases of paedophilia in Pattaya. Apparently, this year alone has seen 15 cases, which are still going through the courts. In certain cases, Thailand will also allow some offenders to be repatriated to be prosecuted back home, cancelling their Thai visas before deporting them.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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